Quotation by Doris Lessing

Now I must write personally; but I would not, if I didn't know that nothing we can say about ourselves is personal. I read the novel when I was fourteen or so; understanding very well the isolation described in it; responding to her sense of Africa the magnificent—mine, and everyone's who knows Africa; realizing that this was one of the few rare books. For it is in that small number of novels, with Moby Dick, Jude the Obscure, Wuthering Heights, perhaps one or two others, which is on a frontier of the human mind.
Doris Lessing (b. 1919), British novelist. Originally published 1968. The Doris Lessing Reader, afterword to The Story of an African Farm, p. 613, Knopf (1988).

The novel referred to is Olive Schreiner's The Story of an African Farm.
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